Many individuals across the Sunshine Coast have a common trait: they fear the dentist. Despite advancements in dentistry making the process faster and gentler, a large percentage of people still experience light to moderate anxiety when faced with the prospect of sitting in the dental chair.
Happy Gas Dentistry | Anxious Patients
Kiss anxiety and nerves goodbye by requesting “happy gas”, otherwise known as “laughing gas”, or by it’s scientific name, “nitrous oxide”.
This gas provides our patients with a feeling of relaxation, calm and euphoria, transforming an otherwise nerve-wracking experience into one that is pleasant and enjoyable.
Other benefits of happy gas include it’s unique ability to dull the senses of hearing, touch, and yes, pain. Best of all, the procedure is simple and safe to administer, with the patient inhaling a mixed blend of oxygen and nitrous oxide prior to and throughout the procedure.
Process of Happy Gas
The process of administering happy gas begins by placing a small nasal inhaler gently onto the patient’s face, covering the nose. The gas and oxygen mixture is turned on and the patient breathes in and out normally. From the time of inhalation, happy gas generally takes around 3 minutes to take effect, after which the patient will feel carefree, relaxed and happy (hence the name).
When necessary, local anaesthetic may also be administered to increase comfort and eliminate any pain involved with the procedure.
Unlike sleep dentistry where you are unconscious for the procedure, nitrous oxide allows you to remain awake, yet comfortable. Because of this, the dentist can communicate with you throughout the procedure, making sure you are comfortable with every step along the way.
Does Nitrous Oxide Have Any Side Effects?
Nitrous oxide is generally considered quite safe. However, as with any medication or procedure, there is the potential for side effects. For example, some patients feel a bit cloudy/groggy afterword. Others may feel a little nausea. That said, side effects are typically absent to mild in nature and tolerated well.
Considering Happy Gas?
We know having dental work done can be scary. That’s why we do everything in our power to ensure that your experience with us is one that you’ll remember for all the right reasons. Our talented dental professionals are caring, compassionate, and eager to do everything they can to help you stay calm and collected.
Give us a call today to learn more. We’d love to know more about how we can help.